Under Attorney General William Barr, the executions of federal inmates sentenced to death have resumed — and despite the protestations of the Democrats, it appears they will continue right up to Inauguration Day.
According to the Washington Examiner, Barr recently ordered the Federal Bureau of Prisons to schedule three more executions.
The three convicted murderers join two other inmates whose executions are set to take place in the next two months, the Examiner reports.
“The most heinous crimes”
Before Barr, capital punishment had not been carried out at the federal level since 2003, according to the Examiner. But in the summer of 2019, the attorney general issued new guidelines that got the ball rolling again.
“The American people, acting through Congress and Presidents of both political parties, have long instructed that defendants convicted of the most heinous crimes should be subject to a sentence of death,” Barr said at the time, according to the Examiner. He added that “we owe it to the victims of these horrific crimes, and to the families left behind, to carry forward the sentence imposed by our justice system.”
A group of congressional Democrats wrote to Barr earlier this month asking that he put all federal executions on hold until the next president takes office. “The failure to do so will cause irrevocable injustice,” they wrote.
But Barr’s recent orders made clear that his Justice Department is moving full steam ahead.
A trio of murderers
Among those to be executed in the next two months is Alfred Bourgeois, who, according to the Examiner, was convicted of “abusing, torturing, and beating to death his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter.”
Barr has also ordered the executions of Cory Johnson, who the Examiner described as “a drug trafficker” who was “convicted in 1993 for the murder of seven people,” and Dustin Higgs, who will be executed early next year for kidnapping and murdering three women nearly a quarter-century ago.
A total of eight federal inmates have been put to death in 2020 so far, according to the New York Post.
Most recently, 49-year-old Orlando Cordia Hall was executed in Indiana on Thursday after being “convicted of kidnapping and raping a teen — and then burying her alive,” in the words of the Post.
It all goes to show that with Bill Barr at the helm, justice will be served, whether Democrats like it or not.